AirCar, a dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle moved closer to production this
week, fulfilling a key development milestone in a 35-minute flight from the
international airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava on
June 28th, 2021.
Klein Vision’s patent protected AirCar completed its 142nd successful
landing in Bratislava at 6:05AM. After landing, at a click of a button the
aircraft transformed into a sports car in under three minutes and was driven
by its inventor, Professor Stefan Klein and co-founder, Anton Zajac to
downtown Bratislava, cutting the typical travel time by a factor of two.
“Professor Stefan Klein is the world leader in the development of
user-friendly Flying Cars.” said Dr. Branko Sarh, Boeing Co. Senior
Technical Fellow. “The automated transition from road vehicle into an air
vehicle and vice versa, deploying/retracting wings and tail is not only the
result of pioneering enthusiasm, innovative spirit and courage; it is an
outcome of excellent engineering and professional knowledge,” he added.
The AirCar Prototype 1 is equipped with a 160HP BMW engine with
fixed-propeller and a ballistic parachute. Under the supervision of the
Civil Aviation Authority, the AirCar has completed over 40 hours of test
flights, including steep 45 degree turns and stability and maneuverability
testing. AirCar Prototype 1 has flown at 8200 ft and reached a maximum
cruising speed of 190km/h (103kt).
AirCar Prototype 2, the pre-production model, will be equipped with a 300HP
engine and receive the EASA CS-23 aircraft certification with an M1 road
permit. With its variable pitch propeller, the Prototype 2 is expected to
have a cruise speed of 300km/h (162kt) and range of 1000km (621mi).
“This flight starts a new era of dual transportation vehicles. It opens a
new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed
to cars back to the individual.” said Professor Klein after exiting the
AirCar cockpit in Bratislava. “AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept;
flying at 8,200ft at a speed of 100kt, it has turned science fiction into a
reality.” Added Anton Zajac, the co-founder of Klein Vision.
For video coverage of the flight visit the website www.klein-vision.com